Is Candida Overgrowth a real cause/diagnosis?
Posted 15 January 2010 - 11:11 AM
Posted 16 January 2010 - 04:49 AM
High SH.I'm also investigating this possibility & don't have a definitive answer.What l have found after much experimentation with diet is that food containing wheat seems to cause me to become constipated.If you think about it refined wheat features in just about anything westerners eat & can easily be overlooked as a contributor to symptoms.I discovered this by accident when overseas in a country where rice is the staple.Rice along with plenty of vegetables & water keeps the stools soft & provides bulk to keep up regularity. You do have to become strict with what you eat. I think of it as "eating to live, rather than living to eat".Much preferable to medications if it works for you.The problem is that if you've suffered for many years it can be difficult to retrain your system without perseverance.Also regular aerobic exercise is important.I pigged out on bread on Friday night (two sandwiches, slice of pizza, & some brownies) & sure enough it backed me up & made me feel bloated.I recommend eliminating refined wheat products from your diet (cakes, bread, pizza, cookies, waffles, pasta, take away food).For variety rice also comes as a noodle in many sizes.It may not be the total answer but might be worth trying.Regarding the candida, l think the school is out.My suspicion is that l might either have a candida or yeast overgrowth and/or unfriendly gut bacteria resulting in a number of symptoms.I started a course of Huang Lian (Coptis Rhizoma) a Chinese herbal medicine.http://www.orientalp.../hulisutak.htmlAnother poster claimed a cure to his IBS using Huang Lian. The Chinese herbal practitioner suspected yeast over growth & prescribed it.http://www.ibsgroup....s...=113455&hl=I'm willing to try anything but am skeptical.It's far to early to make any claims yet, but l must say, after one day my stool formation appeared more normal than for a very long time.Well formed, with no liquid or mess, easy elimination without that incomplete feeling & the wipe was clean. I've been three times now & the result has been consistent.I've bought a two weeks course from a Chinese health store ($AUS15.00) & plan to be on these for 4 weeks.Small yellow tablets with a very bitter taste, I take two three times a day with plenty of water.I also plan to follow up with a course of probiotics (friendly gut bacteria) to take up the void when the Coptis course is completed.I highly recommend totally reviewing diet, not just for general health, but to aid any concern with regularity.I suspect many of us can't really cope with overly refined western junk food including most take away, soda pop, excessive alcohol, high fat, refined sugars, & refined flour, products which are in just about everything we eat. I sincerely hope this helps you.
Hello all-I've been reading a lot about Candidiasis. I would love some opinions from others who have gone down that path. A bit more about me....I'm a 34 year old male who has been suffering from IBS (mostly abdominal bloating with constipation) for over 15 years now. I've tried many different medications, tests, herbs, etc. with not much success. I'm taking glycolax twice a day which helps me go to the bathroom, but it seems as though I ALWAYS have CHRONIC BLOATING!! It feels like I have very little peristasis in my gut (trapped gas and constipation). So, I've been reading a lot about candida yeast overgrowth in the intestines. Has anybody else gone down the path of treating their candida? Has it worked? Is it just a money-making scam? It seems like there are a lot of sites out there about Candida, but many of them are just trying to push their products. Is the Spit Test even accurate? Would it be better to take a prescription medicine vs. homeopathic (i.e. garlic, grapefruit seed extract, etc.)???Any information would be greatly appreciated
Posted 16 January 2010 - 09:16 AM
Posted 16 January 2010 - 11:54 AM
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